Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:Originally posted by alburns:
I wish we could get this done earlier. It really puts us behind when trying to build chemistry. We could be off to a slow start on offense.
Agreed. But two games will give each QB a game start with other starters. This will allow an easier comparison. Deciding before the games would be a disadvantage for Hill, not known as a good practice player, and for Smith, to show if he can "win" games. The Aug. 23 decision date will give the starter three weeks of practice, starting and probably 3 quarters of pre-season game #3 and starting pre-season game #4 (usually for 1 or 2 drives).
Well, if that's what lets you sleep at night more power to you but you're really grasping at straws. Three weeks to practice???? In reality, whoever ends up starting will remain well behind other starting qbs in the league who's position was solidified long before the 3rd preseason game. They will not have had adequate time to build chemistry and continuity on offense (especially important since yet another system is being installed) nevermind the fact that the prolonged uncertainty could weigh heavily and have some other lingering effects that could result in the team finding themselves in a hole early on.
Regarding Hill (since he is favored to win the job), it can't be comforting to know your coaching staff is STILL unsure about you despite how well you've played when given the opportunity. Doesn't bode well for his confidence. MS is hurting the team with this mistake.
[ Edited by Sabrason on Jul 20, 2009 at 23:05:23 ]